Psaki Spins Biden's Sinema Response, Shows How Far He's Moved Us From Norms

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As we reported earlier, Joe Biden was asked about activists chasing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) into a bathroom, then filming her and other women while there, then following her back to her classroom and screaming in the hallway.

Sinema made it clear not only was it wrong, but she thought that they had violated the law — “deceptively” entering the school building, filming in the bathroom, and then disrupting the class. Not to mention that she thought “elected leaders” contributed to this by making this kind of behavior acceptable.

As if to prove that very point, here comes Joe Biden.

Fox’s Peter Doocy asked him if thought those tactics “were crossing a line?” The activists were people pushing for his plan. Biden’s response? He downplayed it, even normalizing it. While he said he didn’t think the tactics were “appropriate but it happens to everybody.” He even laughed about it. “The only people it doesn’t happen to are those who have Secret Service,” he said. “It’s part of the process.” Saying it was “inappropriate” but then trying to completely make it seem normal is like saying yes, rape is bad BUT she was wearing a short skirt. It’s the same feel. Especially with the little laugh.

Now that’s just a horrible response. Not only because he should be standing up for anyone that might have happened to (even if it had been a Republican) but because it’s a horrible political move as well. That’s surely not going to make Sinema think any better of him as a person and make her more inclined to listen to what he has to say.

So Doocy had to ask what would seem to be the logical follow-up question of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki: When was Joe Biden followed into a bathroom and filmed by activists — if it “happens to everybody” and is “part of the process”?

Psaki avoids answering the question, so you know the answer is no. And indeed, if it “happens to everybody,” we likely wouldn’t be so troubled by it. The reason we’re troubled by it is because it’s such a violation of norms.

Psaki then tried to clean up after the messy Biden answer. She claimed that maybe Biden “shorthanded it” but while he agreed with the “right to protest,” the safe environment of Sinema’s classroom was breached and that was “inappropriate.” Uh-huh. That’s some world-class spin right there on his bad response. She avoids mentioning the filming in the bathroom. When Doocy asked if she/Biden condemned what they did, she refused to say those exact words, although she did say she thought it inappropriate the students’ privacy was breached. She didn’t say it was inappropriate that Sinema’s privacy was breached. Of course, what she couldn’t do was support Biden’s ridiculous claim that this was somehow normal and happens to everybody.

It’s answers like Biden’s that give activists like this license to think this is normal and acceptable. It’s exactly what Sinema was talking about when she chastised elected leaders. Downplaying it will create more unacceptable behavior, when everyone should be loudly condemning it. The fact that they aren’t shows how far the Biden has taken us away from norms.